tedster - 6:04 pm on Jul 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
@Sgt_Kickaxe - I'm thinking it's an experimental change of the balance between relevance and trust - but the factors in each area are more complex than they have been. I hate the ranking boost that mash-up sites have been getting, even mash-up sites with venture capital behind them. Anyone who is a Supporter can find a related mash-up discussion, with specifics, in our new "Open Google SEO" forum.
All those new sites in the SERP that Sarge reported are interesting. They might also who Google's continued interest in "fresh" results over relevant.
Along those lines, I was doing some historical search - looking for Google's earliest history with DMCA removals. It is not easy, even with the new options, to research a question like that because of the constant assumption that we always want the most recent and relevant (according to their algo that is).
I needed to do the search, then use Custom Date Range, then sort by date - which still puts the most recent result at the top. So I then I need to click to the last SERP. I finally found what I wanted, but only by clicking through to a result and following a link on that page. Google never gave me what I was looking for directly.